In the year since the Boston Public Market debuted with 40-plus local vendors selling everything from baby bok choy to live scallops, there has been nary a Monday or Tuesday that hasn’t seen a shopper or two turn away disappointed after realizing it’s closed those days. We know this because we are often that shopper.
“Since our launch, we’ve heard frequent customer and vendor feedback asking that the Market open daily,” CEO Cheryl Cronin said last month, when she announced the market would meet that need beginning July 18.
Here’s one more reason to be excited for the seven-day shift: Hopsters Alley is hosting a pop-up beer garden outside the market on Monday and Tuesday next week to celebrate. The beer store is one of the original vendors, its shelves lined with New England beers, ciders, and small-batch spirits, including crowlers of its own brews, produced in Newton.
At $5 per pour, the pop-up beer garden will offer four Hopsters beers: the hazy, double-hopped DIPA Newtonian, peppery Guerilla Saison, citrusy IPA Comet Citra, and the day drinking-friendly Leaf Blower light ale. The evening event will also have music and games.
BostInno spoke with Hopsters owner Lee Cooper, who said the pop-up beer garden will test the waters for regularly offering sips on-site.
“Hopsters has been working with the BPM to incorporate a craft beer component for some time,” he said. “If successful the BPM and Hopsters hope to roll out a seasonal outside beer garden.”
Cooper would also like to brew Hopsters beers in downtown Boston, in addition to at its original brewhouse and at its forthcoming Fort Point location, slated to open March 2017. Cronin is on the same page as the publican.
“[We] look forward to exploring the permitting and other factors that would allow a seasonal beer garden in the future. We also love the idea of beer brewing joining the other on-site production that happens within the market, such as bagel baking and nut roasting, and look forward to examining the idea further,” she says.
The Hopsters beer garden will pop up at the corner of Surface Road and Hanover Street, on the plaza facing the Greenway. The event is weather permitting.
Outdoor Beer Garden Pop-Up, Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, bostonpublicmarket.org.
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